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Florida Government: Environment

This guide is intended to get you started in researching Florida government information and resources both online and in the library.

Publications

Highlights

Beaches

Florida Environmental Agency Name Changes

  •  In 1933, the State Board of Conservation was established to assume the powers and duties of the Shell Fish Commission, the Dept. of Game and Fresh Water Fish, and the State Geologist.
  • The Florida State Board of Conservation was changed in 1969 to the Department of Natural Resources. Our Florida Documents collection contains many of the earlier documents, classified in Library of Congress, Dewey and Fla-Doc CON call numbers.
  • The Department of Environmental Regulation (classed in Fla-Doc ENR) was created in 1975 by Ch. 75-22, Laws of Florida.
  • In 1993, the Florida Legislature combined the Department of Environmental Regulation (classed in Fla-Doc ENR) and the Department of Natural Resources (classed in Fla-Doc NR)  to form a new Department of Environmental Protection (classed in Fla-Doc EP)


Water

Water Management Districts

"The Department of Environmental Protection is involved in managing the quality and quantity of water through its relationship with the state's five water management districts (WMD) Northwest Florida WMD, (Fla-Doc Region NWW)  Suwannee River WMD, (Fla-Doc Region SU)  St. Johns River WMD, (Fla-Doc Region STJW)  South Florida WMD, (Fla-Doc Region SFW) and Southwest Florida WMD, (Fla-Doc Region SWW) and the adoption and implementation of The Florida Water Policy and The Florida Water Plan." The Office of Water Policy, along with the water management districts and other agencies, addresses water management issues for the state of Florida. Publications from this Office are locate here.

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